Unusually, Jimmy wasn’t with me in the Lakes this weekend. Unusually, most of the weekend was booked up with things other than SOTA. The weather was all over the place on the Saturday anyway.
After a hearty Sunday breakfast, I met with Marc G0AZS just off Junction 37 of the M6. Lambrigg Fell was chosen as a suitably straightforward debut LD for Marc that could be bagged before the weather returned to the previous day’s tantrums, and the M6 clogged up with the Blackpool daytrippers on their way home.
Lambrigg Fell is a gimmee. It isn’t quite a “drive-on”, but the walking is easy with only minimal distance and ascent to be covered. Having said that, Marc and I were both surprised with how far away from, and how high above the car we were once we reached the summit. The summit is grassy and featureless, other than a high dry stone wall running across its crest.
Marc set up his wire with the PFR-3, but found 40m to be in poor shape. I had a rare run out on 2m FM with the SOTA Beam, and included a S2S with Dick MW0EIQ/P on Moel y Gamelin GW/NW-042. Later I had a go on 15m CW, getting just two contacts, while Marc went over onto 2m FM. Finally, I tried 40m CW, which was still quiet, but perhaps a little bit better than when Marc tried.
A pleasant natter on the short descent, which then continued on mobile radio for a time on the M6, concluded an enjoyable joint activation. And no soup to be seen!
Thanks to all callers.